Reward: Something or Nothing?
A quote reads:
‘At the end of life, we would not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed Me. I was homeless and you took Me in’.’
One is “not” saved by any of these acts for Salvation is “free” by the ‘unmerited’ Grace of God.
However, only the “righteous” (who believe in Him) will ‘not’ lose their “rewards” for the “works” done (as mentioned) if done in “His Truth & Love only.”
“Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” – apostle John (1 John 3:18)
Again, I *repeat*, provided it’s done “in Him” (right intention —> with “no” vain glory but “His Love” only).
Only “God’s Love” (Agape) is “Perfect” in that it has “no” selfish motives nor any evil intentions.
The rest of things, money, diploma, skills, gifts etc. are to be used in some way to ‘fulfill’ these ‘acts’ in some way as “it is written.”
Two acts may look the “same” on the “outside” but it differs “within” (reasons, truth) as it is “also written” that:
“And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have Love, it profits me nothing.” – apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 13:3)
The Greek word “Love” here refers “only” to “God’s Love” (not any other type of love) —> His Perfect Love.
Who judges so?
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?
‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?
‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:34 – 40)